RAMADI, Iraq, June 7 (Xinhua) -- The Iraqi security forces on Saturday retook control of campus of Anbar University in Iraq's western province of Anbar in fierce battle, leaving at least nine militants killed, a provincial police source said.
Earlier in the day, dozens of gunmen stormed campus of Anbar University, which located in the western edge of the provincial capital city of Ramadi, while hundreds of students and teachers were trapped in the school buildings, the source said.
The troops opened a hole in the rear fence of the university and let the students and the university staff to flee the scene safely without any casualty, the source said.
The battles between militant groups and a joint army and police force continued during the day in area surrounding the university, the source said, adding that nine militants were killed in the university battle.
Although it is still unclear who these attackers really are, the source said some of armed men were believed to do with the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant, an al-Qaida breakaway group in Iraq.
Ramadi is one of two cities in Anbar that were taken by tribal and Sunni insurgents early this year. The government forces have now regained control of central part of the city, while its suburbs and outlying areas are still the scene of bloody attacks by militants.